Man Hospitalized in Fireworks Accident in Youngstown, Florida (FL)
YOUNGSTOWN, FL- Mypanhandle.com writes that a man was severely injured in a fireworks accident that took place this week in Bay County. The victim, identified as a 41-year-old man, was apparently celebrating with family members at the time of the incident.*
Reports indicate that a mortar firework exploded, causing facial and eye injuries to the victim. The victim’s wife stated that the man had lit the firework, and it exploded immediately without giving him an opportunity to move a safe distance away. Responders rushed the man to a nearby hospital, but he was later transferred via airlift to a burn unit located in Georgia.
Fireworks carry inherent risks. If it’s a firework, it must be ignited, and that fact alone means that even the tamest seeming fireworks inherently carry some dangers to consumers. Still, many of these products are readily available for purchase throughout the country. Which types of fireworks are permitted will vary depending on the state, and some places sell fireworks that pack a serious punch.
The most commonly treated injury related to fireworks is burns. Around 44 percent of people treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries are there because of burns. Lacerations and contusions are also common. About nineteen percent of the time, patients had suffered injuries to their heads or faces. The cause seems to be that people look over the fireworks as they are lighting them, and in some cases, lean over to look at what they believe to be a dud. The most injured part of the body is the hand, though, because people often light fireworks while holding them.
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